Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

January 3, 2009

Slow Shutter Speed Surprise

Filed under: Birds, digital benefits, surprise results — richditch @ 11:14 am
Cactus Wren slow shutter speed

Cactus Wren slow shutter speed

With digital there’s no real penalty to taking shots that you’d never waste film and processing on, and as a result you sometimes end up with some interesting results.

I was merely playing with the camera on the patio in rather low light when one of the backyard Cactus Wrens came by. As usual I was set up with my Nikon D200, my 300/2.8 AF-S lens, and the TC20E 2x converter. The lens was wide open (equivalent f/5.6), but even with the ISO set to 500 I could only achieve 1/6th second for a shutter speed. Since I shoot in aperture priority mode (I set the lens aperture and the camera meter sets the shutter speed) I sometimes don’t even notice how slow I’m shooting.

When the shutter fired I could hear how slow it was and assumed I’d just toss out the image, but I was surprised by how interesting¬†this blurred result came out.

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1 Comment »

  1. I love this photo. It really captures the movement of the bird’s head!

    Comment by sandy skinner — January 12, 2009 @ 7:33 pm


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